Jeonbuk hosted Shanghai SIPG, the latter brought along the recently acquired Brazilian Hulk to try to smash through Jeonju defenses after a scoreless 1st leg in late August. Tense, near goal by Kim Bo-Kyung but still 0-0 by HT. Then the floodgates opened: great work by Lee Jae-Sung on the right, quick knee rebound off the Wookie and a clinical finish by Leonardo, splitting the Shanghai defense to rocket one past the keeper.
Lee Jae-Sung created the 2nd goal on the left, Shi Ke helplessly stuck a leg out to stop the cross to Leonardo lurking on the right – own goal!
Lee Ho penalty and Leonardo converts, and the old Lion King, Lee Dong-Gook, at the geriatric age of 37, shows Hulk how it’s done by putting the game far and away with 2 more goals, piling up the damage and sending the (10,000+?) Shanghai supporters home with bitterness and regret. Oh, nearly forgot this horrific high karate chop that led to a straight red card:
— Peter Hampshire (@HampshirePeter) September 13, 2016
Here’s the AFC culled video highlights
Meanwhile Shanghai manager and former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will be under pressure after the humiliation / beat down by Jeonbuk today. Despite the high profile acquisition of Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg (£45m approx), the Brazilian wasn’t able to deliver ACL victory – though his teammates were really not up to the task. According to the Guardian, Hulk’s deal with Shanghai means his £320,000 a week salary is HIGHER than the salary Luis Suarez enjoys at Barcelona! Lots of money by the Chinese to throw at these football stars.
Tomorrow Shangdong Luneng v FC Seoul (agg 1-3) FC Seoul should have enough to finish off Pele and company. Kickoff 7:30AM in the US East, 8:30PM in Korea. All Korea ACL semifinal anyone?
Over to Europe, Son Heung-Min might see action Wednesday as Spurs will host Monaco, kickoff 2:45PM US EST / 3:45AM Korea (US TV: FoxSoccer2go streaming only). Son’s 2 goal+assist performance in Tottenham’s comprehensive 0-4 victory at Stoke is still reverberating, universal praise coming from the European press, Son was listed in several EPL Totw lists, including this:
A front three of Kevin De Bruyne, Diego Costa and Son Heung-min.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 12, 2016
But will he feature in Wed’s Champions League match? Last Saturday, Pochettino seemingly chose Son over Lamela with the Monaco match in mind to keep the Argentinian with fresh legs. Pochettino stated recently that he is planning on using the fuller depth of the squad for European competition. Still, Son’s scintillating performance may make Poch re-tinker with his starting XI.
Yun Suk-Young, formerly with QPR and Charlton Athletic, was a free agent and drifted for a few weeks before landing a trial at Brondy. Then we got this good news:
Happy landings Yun Suk-young, his free agency & uncertainty now ends after trial. Brøndby top of Danish Superliga https://t.co/fZGbPj2KrS
— Taeguk Warriors (@taeguk_warrior) September 12, 2016
Meanwhile, Lee Seung-Woo scored a goal for Barcelona’s Juvenil A last weekend. He’s expected to be in the lineup for Barca when they square off in the UEFA Youth League match tomorrow, a sort of alternate universe parallel to the Champions League group stage.
In Korea Women’s football news:
Sept 14-18, Korea U20 Women's team faces USA, Brazil and England in LA https://t.co/TrqwdoHQyL
— Taeguk Warriors (@taeguk_warrior) September 13, 2016
and Choi Kyoung-Rok was vital in St Pauli’s 1st win in the 2.Bundesliga division last weekend – that according to an NDR report. He was involved in both goals last Saturday against Arminia Bielefeld.